"I didn't like the way I saw how women's friendships were represented," she said about film trends at the time. "You would never see two women enjoying some kind of experience, so I realized that I wanted to make that."
Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Women in Film, also has the goal to change women's trends in Hollywood. The organization promotes gender parity in film.
"Women weren't accelerating like their male counterparts. I wanted to dedicate my time and my career to help change that," she said.
Taking a more comedic route, actress Yvonne Orji (HBO's "Insecure") discussed her Masters in Public Health and how the transition to comedy and acting has let her make the world a lighter place. She was able to do just that for the audience as she explained the path to booking her role as Molly on "Insecure."
"I discovered that I don't like blood," she said about her time in health. "Then I discovered that I was funny and so I started in comedy…I got a random internship in a writer's room and discovered that writing is where all the power is," she said. "I wrote my own pilot and shot a teaser trailer. Issa saw that and that became my audition tape."
The panel didn't just feature women in film, but music for film as well. Tori Letzler, a composer, is creating an event titled "The Future is Women: A Concert For Women in Film." The concert to be held in May will feature the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra and 10 up-and-coming female film composers who'll debut their work.
"I want to showcase these women so we can get more Academy Award nominations like we did with Mica Levi this season," Letzler said.
"It's something I still struggle with. I wasn't able to identify how bad it could get when you don't believe in yourself and you don't feel confident. There will be times in my career where I'd put so much pressure on myself to do the best work and then I'd get anxiety," she said. "The thing that got me through it was surrounding myself with people who were my cheerleaders and saw things in me that I didn't see."
With success and trial-and-error stories, these women had overlapping advice for the audience of 500: be kind to others, empower others and focus on goals to make them happen yourself.
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